S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting

As we are nearing the end of 2016, now is the perfect opportunity to reflect on your achievements and think about your goals. How have you been progressing lately? Have you been able to Rx certain movements you used to scale? Perhaps you have some older goals you would like to re-focus on, or some new goals that you’re interested in pursuing.

Here are some important factors to consider to ensure your goals are not falling through the cracks:

Is it SPECIFIC? – What are you trying to do?

Instead of saying “Lose Weight” or “be better at running” be specific with what it is you want to accomplish. You might instead say “Lose 10 lbs of fat” or “be able to run 5K”

Is it MEASURABLE? – Now that you’ve got your specifics, how are you going to achieve them?

You’re not going to be able to measure your progress just by saying “I will eat healthy and lose 10 pounds.” Or “I will practice running daily” A better way to measure that would be to say “I will lose 2 pounds of fat per week” or “run 5K in under 30 minutes”. This allows you to determine if you are on track as you go.

Is it ATTAINABLE? – What do you need to do to make this an attainable goal?

It is important to ensure you have the time and resources available to do what is necessary. If you only eat fast food or barely have any free time to run, it will be very difficult to attain your goal.

Is it REALISTIC? – Are you physically and emotionally capable of achieving this goal?

If you only weigh 120 lbs, perhaps losing 10 lbs of body fat isn’t a logical goal. Maybe you might want to base it on percentages instead after you learn what a healthy percentage is for your age/gender. Trying to get a 5K time of 15 minutes might not be that attainable when you’re just starting out, considering the worlds fastest time was only 12 minutes.

Is it TIME-BASED? –  when will you achieve your goal?

If there is no timeframe, it becomes a ‘someday’ item and loses its sense of importance. Specify When you want to lose that 10 lbs of body fat by using your measurement for how you plan to track it. 2 lbs a week is 5 weeks. You want to be able to run that 5K in under 30 minutes in time for the race you signed up for.

Don’t forget about your coaches! They are there to ensure your success, and are happy to help you on your path to achieving your goals in any way they can. Whether it be suggesting accessory work for you to do, or providing feedback on form and technique. Don’t forget to include them in your goal setting toolkit, they are a valuable resource to ensure you can attain your goals.wordswag_1479932108905


Another good way to assist you with achieving your goals is by using trackers on your phone or computer. There are plenty of options out there for all types of purposes. Below is a list of popular apps that could help you progress and move forward with your goals.

My Fitness Pal App Store | Google Play
Map My Run App Store | Google Play
Sugar WOD App Store | Google Play

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